Speculation is rampant over what WKRG’s longtime news anchor Mel Showers will be saying this week when he makes “some news of my own” Thursday night. In a commercial running on WKRG and on Facebook, Showers says he will make the announcement during the 10 p.m. broadcast.
Showers has been an icon of Mobile’s broadcast news landscape for 50 years — all of it at WKRG, and his eventual retirement has been a public guessing game for the past few years. In the commercial, Showers mentions his 50 years at the station, which seems like a natural lead in to a possible retirement announcement, but we’ll just have to wait to see.
Zoghby wins statewide award
One of the Mobile area’s most respected public relations professionals recently received statewide recognition for her work.
Jennifer Zoghby, who serves as USA Health Marketing & Communications Director, was named the top public relations professional in Alabama at the Public Relations Council of Alabama’s annual conference earlier this month in Tuscaloosa. Zoghby was chosen to receive the Philip Ryder Forrest Jr. Professional Achievement Award, which is given to a single PR practitioner each year. Zoghby was selected over other nominees from Auburn, Huntsville and Montgomery, and while the award is bestowed annually, judges do have the option of not selecting a winner.
Zoghby is a Mobile native who began her career as a reporter for the Mobile Press-Register and also the Charlotte Business Journal in Charlotte, North Carolina. She started her public relations career as an assistant director at the University of South Alabama in 2003, staying there for 10 years before moving to USA Health in 2013. She received a Master’s in Public Administration from USA in 2007 and earned her Accreditation in Public Relations in 2015.
Over the years, Zoghby and her team have won 20 statewide and regional awards from the Public Relations Council of Alabama and the Southern Public Relations Federation, including a Judges’ Choice in 2017.
Kirby digs in at WALA
Former Press-Register reporter Brendan Kirby recently joined the Fox10 news team as an investigative reporter.
Kirby, who, among other things, covered the federal courts for the P-R, left the paper and went to work with political pundit Laura Ingraham’s website LifeZette. He has also penned pieces for Yellowhammer News, a conservative website covering Alabama politics.
He was introduced as Fox10’s new investigative reporter at the beginning of April.
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